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House Proceeding 09-22-09 on Sep 22nd, 2009 :: 3:50:30 to 3:57:40
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Tom Price

3:50:12 to 3:50:30( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Price: principals come to the table so wonderful. but in fact we are ignoring that right now because of the leadership we have, lack of leadership from this speaker and from this congress to put in place to allow to be put in place the positive solutions that are available to us as a nation.

Virginia Foxx

3:50:30 to 3:57:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Virginia Foxx

Virginia Foxx

3:50:31 to 3:50:51( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: . my friend from north carolina is kind to stick around and stay here for these discussions and i'm happy to combreeled to her. faction faction -- ms. foxx: i thought it would be useful to throw out a few other statistics here tonight. the weekly "standard," september 21, has an interesting article

Virginia Foxx

3:50:52 to 3:51:12( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: in it by fred barnes, entitled "an unnecessary operation" and has some very interesting statistics in it, some of which we have talked about before. but i think it's important to point out that 89% of americans, he says here in this article, in a june, 2008, abc news-"u.s.a.

Virginia Foxx

3:51:13 to 3:51:33( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: today"-kaiser family foundation survey said they were satisfied with their health care. most americans think that we're trying to do too much in our government. and one area that they're very happy with is their health care. and i think that it's important that we point that out. as you say, there are things that do need to be done. there's no question.

Virginia Foxx

3:51:34 to 3:51:54( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: republicans understand we need to make modifications in the way people have accessibility to health care, portability, those principles that you laid out earlier. ande want to do that. and we have ways too to do that and as you say, without it costing a kime to the american people -- dime to the american

Virginia Foxx

3:51:55 to 3:52:16( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: people and that's what we should be focusing on. with 89% of americans satisfied with their health care, let us make minor adjustments to the health care system. but let me point out some other statistics that i think are very, very important to g against those people who decry what an awful health care system we have in this country.

Virginia Foxx

3:52:17 to 3:52:37( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: which really infuriates me because, again, we know that people are coming here, thousands of them, in here i think they say 400,000 peop a year, come from other countries to get medical care. but let's talk a little bit about those. the two very major innovations in health care are the m.r.i.

Virginia Foxx

3:52:38 to 3:52:58( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and the c.t. and the statistics on this are absolutely astounding in terms of the numbers of machines. the united states has 27 m.r.i. machines per million americans. canada and britain have six million -- six per million.

Virginia Foxx

3:52:59 to 3:53:21( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: six per million, we have 27. the united states has 34 c.t. scanners per million. canada has 12 per million, britain, eight per million. now, we know just on the face of it, with that many fewer machines it's going to take a lot longer to have access to those machines.

Virginia Foxx

3:53:22 to 3:53:43( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: right now american patients pay out of pocket expenses of 12.6%. it's much higher in other countries, including the countries that have government-run health care. and then we can talk a little bit about mortality. you've laid out again the arguments for why we should make

Virginia Foxx

3:53:44 to 3:54:05( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the kinds of changes you've recommended and republicans have recommended, but let's talk a little bit about survival rate. for all cancers, 66.3% of american men and 63.9% of women survive. in europe that's only 47.3% of

Virginia Foxx

3:54:06 to 3:54:29( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: men and 55.8% of women who survived after five years. these are statisticically significant numbers -- statistically significant numbers and when you start talking about the major cancers, let's talk about breast cancer, 90.1% survival rate for americans, 79% for europeans.

Virginia Foxx

3:54:30 to 3:54:50( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: i mean, not only do we have the least expensive health care in this country, the most available health care in this country, but we also have much, much greater survival rates in this country. why do we want to mess up that system by implementing what

Virginia Foxx

3:54:51 to 3:55:13( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: speaker pelosi and president obama have recommended? that is simply going to go against the hippocratic oath and i was thinking about that earlier, i know physicians say that above all else they should do no harm. you know, i really think that that needs to be added to our

Virginia Foxx

3:55:14 to 3:55:34( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: oath when we come here and swear our allegiance to the constitution. i think that's entirely appropriate for us to do that but i really think we should add something like the hippocratic oath which says, do no harm, because the direction in which the democrats in charge of this government right now, in the

Virginia Foxx

3:55:35 to 3:55:56( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: congress as well as in the executive branch, what they want to do is actually to bring harm to the american people. because they'll be violating all of those principles which you laid out earlier and we're going to be reducing life span and survival rate if we go to a government-run plan.

Virginia Foxx

3:55:57 to 3:56:18( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and it's unnecessary. except that it is a part of the philosophy of the liberal left. their idea is that government knows bes our idea, those of us who are conservatives and are, for most republicans, is that it's not the government that knows best.

Virginia Foxx

3:56:19 to 3:56:39( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: we should leave people as free as possible and we should operate as we have for over 200 years in our society, in our country, with a capitalistic operation. we have a judeo-christian

Virginia Foxx

3:56:40 to 3:57:00( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: bedrock and that, our rule of law and our capitalistic system, have allowed us to have the most successful society that has ever existed in the world and yet these folks want the vernment to take over, they want the government to run automobile companies, to become banks for student loans, everything should

Virginia Foxx

3:57:01 to 3:57:22( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: be run by the government in their minds, while we say, let's perfect the situations that we have, we can certainly improve in almost every area, what we do, and we should focus on those things instead of turning upside down the things that we do well and reversing them.

Virginia Foxx

3:57:23 to 3:57:40( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and so i want to thank you very much for leading this hour and focusing on these two issues, energy and health care, which are so important to americans and helping to set straight some of the things that our colleagues said, particularly in e previous hour, but things

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